This got me to thinking about how different pregnancy is for both the pregnant woman and her partner. As the pregnant person I get to feel all of the kicks and movement of our baby. I get to feel the nausea and the heartburn. I also get the other pains and funs of pregnancy 24/7 and despite my best efforts can not accurately share them with others. Many partners I am sure would like to have a better understanding of what their partner is experiencing and be able to sympathize with them.
Sympathy is hard to give when you do not really understand the reasons why your partner or friend may need it. Sometimes when I am feeling like crap or just having a bad day I just want to hear someone say "I Understand" or "I hear you there". Sometimes you just want the kind of hug that says its okay. I can appreciate how hard it is when I think of sharing with others with regards to my perinatal loss. I feel that I sympathize or empathize with their situation. I understand where they are coming from and know how they may be feeling.